Driver/General Services Assistant

Applications procedure
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    Personnel Service Agreement
    Tokyo, Japan
    UTC +9
    Open until position filled

    Organizational Unit: UNU Office of the Rector

    About the United Nations University (UNU)

    For the past four decades, UNU has been a go-to think tank for impartial research on the pressing global problems of human survival, conflict prevention, development, and welfare. With more than 400 researchers in 13 countries, UNU’s work spans the full breadth of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, generating policy-relevant knowledge to effect positive global change. UNU maintains more than 200 collaborations with UN agencies and leading universities and research institutions across the globe.

    Office of the Rector

    The Office of the Rector supports the Rector in his capacity as the chief academic and administrative officer of the UNU, and assists in executive management and coordination of the UNU system. This includes responsibilities for the University’s direction, organisation, administration, and programme and institutional development.


    Under the guidance and supervision of the Administrative Officer, Office of the Rector, the Driver/General Services Assistant provides reliable, regular, and safe driving services to the Rector. The driver shall conform to the highest standards of integrity and discretion in executing his/her responsibilities for the United Nations University. The Driver is also required to undertake administrative duties for UNU Centre when not providing driving services.


    The selected applicant must:

    • have excellent knowledge of protocol and security issues
    • possess a valid car driving license issued in Japan and have at least 3 years of working experience as a professional driver, with an impeccable driving record
    • be very familiar with Tokyo routes and surrounding areas, and be proficient in the use of GPS systems for cars
    • have basic knowledge of vehicle maintenance (desirable)
    • have at least a senior high school education
    • be fluent in Japanese with excellent command of spoken and written English
    • be flexible and able to adapt to irregular work schedules, including work at short notice, late in the evenings, or on Saturdays/Sundays/UNU holidays when necessary
    • have the ability to interact with colleagues and others of diverse cultural backgrounds


    Remuneration will commensurate with qualifications and experience.

    Duration of contract  

    This is full-time employment on a one (1) year Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract with UNU, with the possibility for renewal subject to requirements and satisfactory work performance. The combined duration of appointment shall not exceed six (6) years.

    The successful candidate will be employed under a local contract and will not hold international civil service status nor be a “staff member” as defined in the UN Staff Rules and Regulations.

    Starting date

    Expected by December 2018 or earlier

  • Interested applicants should submit their applications, preferably by email (to and must include the following:

    • a cover letter setting out how your qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position
    • a completed and signed UNU Personal History (P.11) form; please avoid using similar forms provided by other United Nations organisations
    • an indication of the reference number of the vacancy announcement in the P.11 and email subject (2018/UNU/HQ/RO/PSA/DRI/41)
  • By Post:

    Administrative Officer
    Office of the Rector
    United Nations University Headquarters
    53-70, Jingumae 5-chome, Shibuya-ku
    Tokyo 150-8925, Japan

    By Fax:

    +81 3 3499-2828

    By Email: